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BILL CRAWFORD: Stores closed by online competition impact community finances

J.C. Penney announced it will close five stores in Mississippi communities – Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian, and Oxford. Earlier Sears announced three closures in Columbus, Jackson, and McComb, with more to come. Even Wal-Mart has closed stores, in Belmont, Mantachie, Sardis, Walnut, Derma and Nettleton.    Two years ago Radio Shack closed 20 stores in Mississippi, in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, ...

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Hodge joins Visitors Bureau

Forrest Hodge has been hired as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at the Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hodge is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Delta State University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. His experience ranges from the hotel industry to coordinating programming for the Greenwood-Leflore Public Library. Hodge is on ...

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Waller ready to take reins of MEC

By JACK WEATHERLY There have been only three directors of the Mississippi Economic Council in its 68 years. Soon there will be a fourth. Nothing is official, but Scott Waller, an 11-year veteran of the MEC, the state chamber of commerce, in February was named interim president and chief executive effective May 1. The same day, the MEC announced that ...

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Wilson leaving MEC for next director to build on foundation

By JACK WEATHERLY Blake Wilson has continued to make the Mississippi Economic Council a statewide organization. As the third chief executive of the MEC, he said he has built on the foundation established by M.B. Swayze, who led the organization after it was established in 1949. “He went around the state. He had an old Valiant. Everybody told me about ...

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Hearing held on appeal of Costco zoning

By JACK WEATHERLY Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger held a hearing Monday of an appeal by homeowners in a protracted battle over the proposed building of a Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland. The nine plaintiffs contend that an amendment by the city to a commercial zoning ordinance amounted to “spot zoning” designed to accommodate Costco, and opening the ...

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KeyTronicEMS expanding in Corinth

  Electronic manufacturing service provider KeyTronicEMS is expanding in Corinth, investing $500,000 and creating 75 full-time jobs. “KeyTronicEMS’s expansion demonstrates the company’s commitment to Corinth and Alcorn County,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I appreciate the company for helping us show the world Mississippi is a place where companies can compete successfully and enjoy long-term, sustainable growth.” KeyTronicEMS specializes in printed ...

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Highlands group mum on status of development for Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Bo Lockard said last July he could see the future of Colonial Highlands spread out before him. Conversations with potential developers of the 152-acre former home of the Colonial Country Club as a $250 million village of upscale residences and retail shops had begun, he said. “We are working toward negotiating contracts by the end of the ...

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Issues are on the table for this year’s Delta Council meeting in May

By NASH NUNNERY Author David Cohn once wrote that “the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” If Cohn’s description is indeed true, then the Delta Council might be considered the storied region’s heartbeat. Based in Washington County, Delta Council is the area’s foremost economic development group representing 18 northwest ...

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